Cool Stuff – Upland Game Birds
“Pheasant Primavera”

The birds and the bees and the springtime greens. I love how colorful everything from my backyard to my plate becomes when spring, finally, arrives. This is a great welcome to spring dish–you have the heartiness of the pasta, paired with the freshness and crunch of the colorful springtime veggies. You know what else pairs spectacularly with pasta and veggies? Pheasant! You know what I still have a ton of […]

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“Pheasant Confit”

To “confit” something, is to cure it in salt and then cook it slowly in fat. It makes the meat buttery and fall off the bone. Is there anything that sounds more glorious than that? It is common to see it done with duck legs, and other muscular cuts of meat, but here I’ve done it with a slew of pheasant legs that I brought back from my women’s Adventure […]

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“One Pot Pheasant Stew”

This is a recipe that I made last week while cleaning out some of the extra game meat in my freezer and I just loved it. I had several whole pheasants left over from my Adventure Getaway in Virginia this past December and I decided given this never-ending winter, it was high time to make the most of it, and turn them into a warm and hearty dish. You’re going […]

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“Spicy Seared Quail with Kale Slaw”

I’m in New York doing all sorts of things, one of which is to go through 100 years worth of family stuff that has been collected since my great grandparents. I have to decide what goes into a garage sale, what gets donated, what goes to the dump, and what gets boxed up into a nice clean plastic box and tucked away. Why do we humans collect so much stuff? […]

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“Blue Grouse with Roasted Apples and Pears”

These are the facts that we know: 1. There was an apple tree and a pear tree growing nicely outside the cabin minding their own business. They were producing nice fruit and dropping it on the ground at their leisure. 2. In the morning there were claw marks down the side of the pear tree and most of the branches had been torn down. 3. All that remained were these […]

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“Braised Pheasant Legs with Cabbage and Grapes”

Standing in the fields at Joshua Creek was a special kind of experience. There is a mystical quality in the rooster pheasant as he shoots into the air like a feathered arrow, in all his green and red and purple, and speckled brown-black. The long spike of his tail feathers taper for aerodynamic flight and he leans to his side and paints the wind. You hesitate when you see the […]

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“Partridge in Orange Brandy Sauce”

This is a delicious little dish I made while bird hunting in Montana. You should really try it. Even if you don’t have a partridge handy, it will work with other bird meat… like chicken for example. I recommend keeping the bone in whatever meat you use so the meat doesn’t dry out. These are the things you will need: pancetta, orange, lemon, salt, pepper, brandy, olive oil, orange juice, […]

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“Quail Marinade + Tenderloin Marinade: Hunting for the Salad Course”

Welcome to part two of my three part dinner series… After we brought¬† the hogs back to the ranch, Tim put them in a walk-in cooler. After debating, we decided to have the tenderloins for dinner rather than wait to let them age. So we brought them into the kitchen and got them ready for a marinade. My friend Paul, is quite the gourmand, and he was in charge of […]

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